Every Wednesday morning at Between the Times, we highlight the work and writing of the folks at the Center for Great Commission Studies (CGCS) of Southeastern. Recently, Will Taylor, assistant program coordinator for Global Studies at the College, wrote about the origin of Islam.
Here’s an excerpt:
For Muhammad and his followers, the Islamic system brought economic and governmental stability to the region. Claiming to have a word from God, the story of Muhammad was unifying and compelling for Arabs because the Qur’an was given in Arabic, thus giving Arabs a religious identity. Islamic culture subsumed the other smaller tribal cultures and clan identities. The Islamic narrative found in the Qur’an, and later in the Hadiths, functioned as a sociopolitical and religious tour de force that would eventually eclipse much of the region in a very short time.